Sheffield: The Home of Football

As the author of A History of Sheffield Football 1857-1889: Speed, Science and Bottom, I was approached by Sheffield Libraries to design and write the content for a free to downloadable app that offers a walking guide to the heritage of Sheffield football, it is called ‘Sheffield: The Home of Football. It covers the rich history of the four remaining clubs (out of the 95 that existed between 1857 and 1889) and the Sheffield & Hallamshire County F.A. (England’s first County Association)

To download the app to your telephone you need to search in your app store for Sheffield the Home of Football.

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The walk is just over 4.7 miles and while visiting the ten stops you will be introduced to the places and the people that made Sheffield the home of Association football. Enhanced with audio clips and map mash-ups showing Sheffield in the 1850s and today; you will be transported back to the Victorian era when the world’s first football club started.

The journey will cover the second half of the 19th century telling the stories of the first football derby, the world’s oldest Football Cup and the ancient football grounds where the games were played, many now long gone. It begins at the tomb of Nathaniel Creswick at Heeley Parish Church, the co-founder of the world’s oldest football club, Sheffield FC, and finishes at Highfield Library, the site of Wednesday’s first ground.

Obviously, the app is designed to be walked but the heritage of Sheffield football can be just as easily be viewed from your favourite armchair from anywhere in the world

Sheffield Home Of Football App in hand

April 22nd 2018 Launch Date

To celebrate the launch of the ‘Sheffield: The Home of Football’ walking app the Sheffield Library service have organised a special day on Sunday 22ndApril when Sheffielders are invited to do the walk accompanied by home football club historians.
The vicar of Heeley Parish Church and Geoffrey Norton, who is a descendant of Nathaniel Creswick will say a few words before the walk commences.

The day starts from mid-day and will break at the Town Hall when the Lord Mayor will be distributing half-time oranges! The walk finishes at Highfield Library where free tea and cakes will be provided, and more Sheffield football history questions can be answered.

To help manage the event Sheffield Library are asking people to register their intention to participate in the ‘Sheffield: The Home of Football’ walk. Please click on the Eventbrite image below to register you interest.

Sheffield The Home of Football

It is important to register your interest at the above website so that we can manage the demand to ensure your day runs smoothly.

Everyone attending will be asked to wear their favourite club colours; every person has their favourite team, but this app celebrates the amazing overall contribution that all the Sheffield clubs have given to the game of football, that has made Sheffield the Home of Football.

There is a Facebook Group set up to support the app and the launch walk; just search for Sheffield the Home of Football once you have logged in to Facebook. Or click on this Facebook link..

Facebook Group - Sheffield The Home of Football